Naga Viper Chile Pepper Stats
Name: Naga Viper
Length: 1 - 2 ½"
Width: 1 - 2"
Scientific Name: Capsicum hybrid
Other Names: none
Scoville Range: 855,000 - 1,359,000
Naga Viper Chile Pepper Origin and History
Naga Viper is poised to officially become the hottest pepper in the world. Gerald Fowler of the Chili Pepper House bred Naga Viper in a greenhouse in Cumbria, England. To do that he crossed three of the hottest known peppers: Bhut Joloika, Naga Morichi and Trinidad Scorpion.
Naga Viper tested hotter than Bhut Jolokia, the reigning champion. In December 2010, Warwick University testing labs confirmed Naga Viper as the world's hottest chili pepper, guaranteeing it a spot in the next edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. To put it in perspective, Naga Viper is 270 times hotter than a jalapeno pepper, "hot enough to strip paint." "Naga" means "Cobra Snake" in Sanskrit.
The triumph of Naga Viper may be challenged, however. Critics claim the hybrid is unstable and cannot be reproduced and its heat rating is unreliable.
Naga Viper Chile Pepper Description
Naga Viper is described as having a blistering heat without the unpleasant taste or smell or some other extremely hot peppers. The flavor is described as fruity, spicy, and hot. The ripe pod is red, plump, and wrinkly, tapering to a sharp point. The fruit feels crunchy and warm in the mouth.
Mr. Fowler says of his fiery creation, "It numbs your tongue, then burns all the way down. It can last an hour, and you just don't want to talk to anyone or do anything. But it's a marvelous endorphin rush. It makes you feel great."
Naga Viper Chile Pepper How to Serve or Use
Naga Viper is used to make an extremely hot sauce called "The Terminator." It must be used with extreme caution; a drop is enough to heat up a dish. The few people who have eaten Naga Viper peppers report burning throats, tearing eyes, and heavy breathing.
The Indian government is reportedly exploring ways to use the hottest peppers like Bhut Jolokia and Naga Viper to create spice bombs that could incapacitate enemy soldiers without killing them. Mr. Fowler has made seeds of Naga Viper available to growers in Afghanistan as a replacement for the heroin poppy.
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